A totally irrelevant design where the enclosing roof slices the ship in half. Original budget £20 Million final cost £50 Million. The Diana ditch buget of £2 Million, not even built on the competition site, finished at £5.5 Million with design fees alone nearly reaching £.5 Million. It was reported in the London Evening Standard (28.01.11) that the 2012 Aquatic Centre original budget was £75 Million, cost to date £268 Million with fees to suit.
Many small hard working architectural practices would love to find Clients like these to whom a budget means nothing.
It may be her masterpiece but at what price?
Original budget £80 Million, Final budget quoted in London's Evening Standard 11 November 2009 - £300 Million.
In 2008 - 11 February the Evening Standard reported consultants fees could reach £40 Million.
What a bargain
Comment on: Zaha Hadid cashes in as firm's profits treble
Profits no surprise when project costs, and no doubt resultant fees, escalate.
2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre (swimming pool to us!) budget £75million, current cost £268 Million with a further £13 million to convert it back for public use after the Olympics.
It is further reported in the London Evening Standard that the internal timber cladding to the roof is susceptible to damp.
Comment on: Philosopher mauls 'starchitects'
The heart of my neighbourhood has recently been destroyed for ever by a high profile 'starchitect' Michael Hopkins who chose to foist on us his house style, red brickwork with random insert grey headers, large single paned metal windows in natural hardwood frames, grey industrial gutters and soffites and a matching grey canopy giving some protection to the 19C open corridor access to the various classrooms, all topped by a pitched tiled roof. Many of these details were highly successful at Glyndebourne but have proved to be totally inappropriate for the very centre of a conservation area of which Sir Nikolaus Pevsner said of Hampstead Garden Suburb 'the most near perfect example of the unique English invention the Garden Suburb'.
Hopkins was commissioned by a girls school to design two new wings to the existing main school building on Central Square. The Institute building, occupied by the school is to the East of the square and is one of five listed building enclosing three sides of the square, the others, two churches and their attendant manses to the South and North to enclose three of the four sides of the square are all listed and by Lutyens. Built in Lutyens style, echoed around the suburb, of grey brick walls with red brick quoins and window and door surrounds, multi paned wood windows, cornices and gutters all painted white and tiled roofs.
In 2002/03 the school went through a similar exercise with a different architect and consulted fully, including two open forums, with all the residents before making any formal application for planning permission.
In contrast the 2008 scheme now built was presented to a mere 12 residents who overlooked the site and informally and for comment to individual members of the CONSAM sub-committee of the Residents Association before applying for planning permission. The scheme now built was presented, for the first time, to all the residents, some six months after planning permission had been obtained!.
Had Hopkins persued with the planners and won his first proposal to infil the centre of the site where the new buildings would have had no effect on the Square as they would have been hidden behind the Institute building. A pity they did not argue their case following the informal comment from the planning officer against such a scheme. Had they done so and won we would not be having this discussion today.
Comment on: Zaha Hadid's Serpentine Sackler Gallery approved
Just as I feared. Another Hadid computer generated building. I'm sure its preferable to the idea of a Hurst proposal but what a pity the Serpentine Gallery didn't seek a solution which reflected and respected the Grade II listed Magazine building.
Lets hope Hadid, unlike with her Aquatic Centre for the Olympic Games which by reports has cost triple the original budget according to London Eveneing Standard reports, will be able to complete this project within budget
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